Theatrical Amusements

A night in 1910s Hawaii meant hitting the theatres to watch dances (hula and Western), operas, films, theatrical performances, comedies, circuses, and musical performances.

Hawaii newspapers wrote about them every one to two weeks and included articles, reviews, ads, and schedules.

Search Strategies

Search by theatre names in Hawaii newspapers:

Oahu: Art Theatre, Bijou, Bijou Theatre, Bijou Theater, Empire Theater,  Hawaiian Opera House, Honolulu Amusement Company, Independent Theater, New Orpheum, Novelty Theatre, Orpheum Theater, Park Theatre, Popular Theater, Savoy Theatre, Ye Liberty

Maui: Theaters, Kahului Theatre, Wailuku Hippodrome, Hip Theater

Kauai: Theater, Theatre, Tip Top Theatre

Evening Bulletin – “Amusements” and “Recreations”

Keywords: amusements, recreations, theater, theatre

Evening bulletin, December 20, 1910, Page 10
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1910-12-20/ed-2/seq-10/

Evening bulletin., August 1, 1911, Page 6
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1911-08-01/ed-1/seq-6/

Evening bulletin, May 18, 1911, Page 6
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1911-05-18/ed-1/seq-6/

Evening bulletin, May 19, 1911, Page 6
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1911-05-19/ed-1/seq-6/

Evening bulletin, May 29, 1911, Page 8, Image 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1911-05-29/ed-1/seq-7/

Evening bulletin, January 24, 1912, Page 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1912-01-24/ed-1/seq-8/

Hawaiian Star – “At the Theaters”

Keywords: theater, theaters, theatre

Hawaiian star, May 31, 1909, Page 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1909-05-31/ed-1/seq-5/

The Hawaiian star, June 24, 1910, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1910-06-24/ed-1/seq-3/

The Hawaiian star, November 5, 1910, Page 14
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1910-11-05/ed-1/seq-14/

The Hawaiian star, December 12, 1910, SECOND EDITION, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1910-12-12/ed-1/seq-7/

Star-Bulletin – “Amusements,” “Theatrical & Amusements”

Keywords: amusements, theater, theatre

Honolulu star-bulletin, July 26, 1912, Page 5
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1912-07-26/ed-1/seq-5/

Honolulu star-bulletin, May 10, 1915, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1915-05-10/ed-1/seq-7/

Honolulu star-bulletin, June 26, 1915, Page SEVEN, Image 19
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1915-06-26/ed-1/seq-19/

Honolulu star-bulletin, September 22, 1915, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1915-09-22/ed-1/seq-7/

Honolulu star-bulletin, October 19, 1915, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1915-10-19/ed-1/seq-7/

Honolulu star-bulletin, December 11, 1915, Page 12
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1915-12-11/ed-1/seq-12/

Honolulu star-bulletin, January 11, 1916, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-01-11/ed-2/seq-7/

Honolulu star-bulletin, January 22, 1916, Page 12
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-01-22/ed-1/seq-12/

Honolulu star-bulletin, January 24, 1916, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-01-24/ed-1/seq-7/

Honolulu star-bulletin, January 28, 1916, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-01-28/ed-2/seq-7/

Honolulu star-bulletin, January 29, 1916, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-01-29/ed-1/seq-7/

Honolulu star-bulletin, September 23, 1916, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-09-23/ed-1/seq-7/

Honolulu star-bulletin, September 30, 1916, SPORTS, Page 16
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1916-09-30/ed-1/seq-16/

Pacific Commercial Advertiser – “Amusements”

Keywords: amusements theater, theater, theatre

Pacific commercial advertiser, November 17, 1906, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1906-11-17/ed-1/seq-3/

Pacific commercial advertiser, June 11, 1909, Page 11
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1909-06-11/ed-1/seq-11/

Pacific commercial advertiser, August 18, 1909, Page 4
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1909-08-18/ed-1/seq-4/

Pacific commercial advertiser, September 24, 1909, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1909-09-24/ed-1/seq-3/

Pacific commercial advertiser, October 25, 1909, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1909-10-25/ed-1/seq-7/

Austin’s Hawaiian Weekly – “Music and Drama”

Search tip: Browse the middle page of most issues.

Austin’s Hawaiian weekly, November 4, 1899, Page 6
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047152/1899-11-04/ed-1/seq-6/

Austin’s Hawaiian weekly, November 25, 1899, Page 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047152/1899-11-25/ed-1/seq-8/

Austin’s Hawaiian weekly, December 9, 1899, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047152/1899-12-09/ed-1/seq-7/

Austin’s Hawaiian weekly, December 16, 1899, Page 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047152/1899-12-16/ed-1/seq-7/

Austin’s Hawaiian weekly, February 24, 1900, Page 7, Image 9
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047152/1900-02-24/ed-1/seq-9/

Austin’s Hawaiian weekly., March 03, 1900, Page 6, Image 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047152/1900-03-03/ed-1/seq-8/

The Maui News – “Theaters”

Browse issues in 1919, 1920, 1921,  and 1922 for the “Theaters” section, which is usually in the third page.

Keywords: theater, theatre

The Maui news, December 24, 1920, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1920-12-24/ed-1/seq-3/

The Maui news, December 31, 1920, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1920-12-31/ed-1/seq-3/

The Maui news, January 7, 1921, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1921-01-07/ed-1/seq-3/

The Maui news, March 10, 1922, Page 6
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1922-03-10/ed-1/seq-6/

The Maui news, April 28, 1922, Page 5

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1922-04-28/ed-1/seq-5/

The Garden Island – “Tip Top-ics” and “At the Theatres”

Keywords: theater, theatre, theatres,

The Garden Island, September 23, 1919, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015411/1919-09-23/ed-1/seq-3/

The Garden Island, October 14, 1919, Page 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015411/1919-10-14/ed-1/seq-3/

The Garden Island, December 30, 1919, Page 2
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015411/1919-12-30/ed-1/seq-2/

– Alice Kim

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One Comment on “Theatrical Amusements”

  1. […] In the 1910s, a night on the town in Hawaii might include watching shows at the theatre. The variety of shows was endless: dances (hula and Western), operas, films, theatrical performances, comedies, circuses, and musical performances.Read more. […]


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